SCHOOL OF BREATHING SCIENCES

PRACTICUMS

Students earn one unit of academic credit for every 50 hours of practicum experience. Series 700 Practicums (five units) include three units of Service Practicum (150 hours) and two units of Business Practicum (100 hours).

During Service Practicums (701, 702, 703) students provide breathing assessment and learning services for their own clients in their own professional settings.  The Independent Study Service Practicum (704) allows a student to work on an independent project with faculty supervision.  During the Business Practicum (705), students formulate business plans for either expanding existing businesses or starting new businesses offering breathing assessment and learning services to clients within their own professions.

701, 702, 703 Service Practicum (1 unit each, 3 units total)

Each 50-hour Service Practicum includes completion of at least FIVE habit assessment sessions, expected to involve two hours per case (10 hours total): 1-hour session time + 1-hour report writing time.  The Assessment sessions involve a minimum of five different clients including completion of at least 20 habit modification sessions, expected to involve two hours per session (40 hours total): 1-hour session time + 1-hour report writing time. At least one of these sessions is presented during Case Review (601, 602, 603). Each report includes completion of the following forms:

For ONE of the five assessment sessions, submit six forms fully completed, and a screen shot of the entire data record (from the CapnoTrainer “Manage Data” option).

  • Interview Questionnaire
  • Interview Checklist
  • Interview Behavior Report
  • Interview Physiology Report
  • Guided Breathing Record
  • Assessment Record

For FOUR of the five assessment sessions, submit one Assessment Record for each client, and a screen shot of the entire data record (from the CapnoTrainer “Manage Data” option).

TRAINING (LEARNING) SESSIONS (40 hours)

Three or more 2-hour learning sessions with at least four different clients for a total of 40 or more hours.  Required submissions: 

  • Client Learning Form
  • Homework Assignment Form
  • Learning Plan Record
  • Practitioner Session Record

For ALL OTHER SESSIONS with all clients, submit only one  Practitioner Session Record per session.

Required instrumentation for completing these sessions includes capnography (PetCO2), electromyography (EMG), oximetry (SaO2), and heart rate variability (HRV). Students are required to record data during client sessions and to present the data during Case Review sessions.

704 Independent Study Service Practicum (1 unit)

The Independent Study Practicum is usually taken in conjunction with 604 Independent Study – Case Analysis & Review and entails completion of a specified number of habit modification sessions, presentation of an assessment session in 604, and completion of the required number of Interview Questionnaires, Interview Checklists, Interview Behavior Reports, Interview Physiology Reports, and Assessment Practicum Records.

705 Business Practicum (2 units)

The 100-hour Business Plan Practicum includes completion of (1) a market survey of prospective clients using traditional market research methods, (2) a client feedback survey to be administered to at least ten breathing service clients or prospects, (3) an initial draft of marketing materials directed to the student’s already existing customer base, and (4) a comprehensive business plan that brings together the practical elements of the degree program with the realities of each student-colleague’s professional setting.

Students will also complete an online interview form regarding their practicum experience and its business and marketing implications. Are they effectively providing valuable services to their existing client base? And, are they effectively communicating to colleagues and to the public regarding their new services? Progress is reviewed by faculty and colleague-students during 604 Business Plan Review.

721 Orofacial Myology Service Practicum (1 unit)

Each 50-hour Service Practicum includes completion of at least 50 hours of practical experience with your own clients in your own setting.  At least three of the Practicum sessions are formally presented during Case Review sessions.